A local artist and business owner was shot and killed Thursday during an armed robbery.
It was one of those senseless deaths, the cold-blooded murder of a man who wanted nothing more than to share the beauty of this life with others.
Three young men were arrested — 16, 18 and 20 years old. I had to blink back tears during their first court appearance yesterday as I thought of their families. They too are someone's babies and I hate to think of the myriad of emotions their families must be experiencing right now. How horrible it must be to know your baby is capable of such a crime.
The community is devastated by the loss and reeling in shock that the crime was committed by three of our own. I guess most folks prefer to pretend that people capable of such things don't live right down the road. In my line of work, I don't have the luxury of such denial. I'm faced with the utter cruelty of people on a regular basis and I am always mindful of the need to maintain my own humanity in the face of it all. I feel awfully sorry for the journalists, law enforcement, EMS, etc. who allow their own humanity to slip away, leaving them jaded and cynical, but I can certainly understand how it happens.